8.16.18 New Atlas
"LiveTag is out to make dumb objects smart"
"Smart" internet-connected devices could indeed make life easier for us, but the things do typically have to be equipped with battery-powered electronics. That may not necessarily be the case for much longer, however, if the Wi-Fi-based LiveTag system reaches fruition. Developed by a team at the University of California San Diego, the system incorporates simple low-cost tags that can be adhered to everyday non-electronic objects. Those tags consist of patterns of copper foil that are printed onto a flexible paper-like substrate -- they don't have any batteries, chips or electronic components.
8.16.18 Edgy Labs
"New Flexible Electronics Breakthrough Brings Techwear Ever Closer"
Techwear is the next step in our integration of technology into our daily lives. Now, two of the latest breakthroughs in wearable tech bring that aim ever closer. Tomorrow's electronics are poised to dispose of current rigid parts based on silicon to become soft, bendable and stretchable to serve a wide array of products. OLED displays are only the start for what flexible electronics promises: roll-up photovoltaic cells, flexible screens, smart sensors, interactive packages, light-sensitive curtains--the list is almost endless.
8.15.18 3D Printing Industry
"UC San Diego Researchers Develop 3D Smart Bandage to Wirelessly Monitor Body Signals"
Mirroring the process of additive manufacturing, engineers from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have created a 3D stretchable electronic device, dubbed as the "smart bandage", that wirelessly monitors human body signals such as eye movement, temperature, and heart and brain activity. By fashioning elastomer films on top of each other, the smart bandage, which is the same size and width of a U.S. dollar coin, is able to accommodate more circuitry for a variety of functions.
8.14.18 Yahoo Singapore News
"This stretchable 3D smart bandage can help monitor heart signals"
Scientists have developed a stretchable 3D "smart bandage" that can help wirelessly monitor signals, from respiration, to eye movement, to heart and brain activity. When worn on the chest or stomach, it records heart signals like an electrocardiogram (ECG). On the forehead, it records brain signals like a mini EEG sensor. When placed on the side of the head, it records eyeball movements. When worn on the forearm, it records muscle activity and can also be used to remotely control a robotic arm. The smart bandage also monitors respiration, skin temperature and body motion, the research showed.
"Scientists stack elastic circuits to build 3D stretchable electronics"
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have built a stretchable electronic patch capable of measuring a variety of biological activities, including respiration, temperature and eye movement, as well as heart and brain activity. Researchers have previously demonstrated the advantages of creating complex electronics by stacking rigid circuits. As part of the latest proof of concept study, scientists stacked flexible circuits. The method allowed researchers to achieve more sophisticated functionality while maintaining flexibility.
"Defense Department ties with Silicon Valley could grow with Space Force plan"
UC San Diego and Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC, are working on wearable technology to monitor glucose and lactate in humans, which has caught the eye of the Defense Department's director of engineering enterprise, Robert Gold.
"UC San Diego Science Program Unites Students From Both Sides Of Border"
More than 100 students are participating in a seven-week program at UC San Diego called Enlace, that brings together high school and college students from both sides of the border to collaborate in some 60 labs across campus. Enlace is run by mechanical engineering Professor Olivia Graeve.
8.1.18 Hydrogen Fuel News
"Flexible solar panels could be just as efficient as traditional solar panels."
A team of scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are working on a way to develop a "solar tarp;" flexible solar panels that would be as efficient as a silicon solar panel but also lightweight, thin and bendable.
8.1.18 San Diego Union-Tribune
"UC San Diego nets $11.3M grant to cut costs, risks of designing cutting edge chips"
he University of California San Diego has been awarded an $11.3 million grant from a government defense agency to develop tools aimed at making it less risky and more affordable to design advanced semiconductors. The project ? led by Jacobs School of Engineering professor Andrew Kahng ? will try to automate design techniques to enable leading edge chips layouts that can be generated within 24 hours with no human involvement.
7.31.18 Semiconductor Engineering
"System Bits: July 31"
In a development that brings plasmonics research a step closer to realizing ultra-compact light sources for high-speed, optical data processing and other on-chip applications, University of California San Diego researchers have built a nanosized device out of silver crystals using advanced fabrication techniques that can generate light by efficiently "tunneling" electrons through a tiny barrier.
"A Packable Solar Panel Design May Be the Key to Harnessing the Sun's Energy"
Darren Lipomi's research group at UC San Diego is working to develop flexible solar panels, which would be as efficient as a silicon panel, but would be thin, lightweight, and bendable. This sort of device, which we call a "solar tarp," could be spread out to the size of a room and generate electricity from the sun, and it could be balled up to be the size of a grapefruit and stuffed in a backpack as many as 1,000 times without breaking.
7.30.18 MIT Technology Review
"DARPA has an ambitious $1.5 billion plan to reinvent electronics"
Last year, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which funds a range of blue-sky research efforts relevant to the US military, launched a $1.5 billion, five-year program known as the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) to support work on advances in chip technology. "No one yet knows how to get a new chip design completed in 24 hours safely without human intervention," says Andrew Kahng of the University of California, San Diego, who's leading one of the teams involved. "This is a fundamentally new approach we're developing."
7.27.18 Genome Web
"UCSD Resource Offers Simplified Infrastructure for Building, Sharing Personal Genome Browsers"
A research team from UC San Diego has developed an open source library of tools called the Genomic Interaction Visualization Engine (GIVE) which lets users generate and implement personal browsers for visualizing genomic information without requiring specialized knowledge or expert help. According to UCSD bioengineering professor Sheng Zhong, the idea behind its development was to create a lightweight visualization tool that works essentially like Google maps. GIVE browsers ideally would be small enough to run on smartphones and be shared as simple email attachments.
"Robots to the Rescue: Racing Through our Blood to Cure Disease"
Since the turn of the century, scientists have eyed implantable medical devices or particles, sometimes as tiny as ingestible pills, as a long-awaited solution that could allow them to monitor body functions from the outside while avoiding painful, and at times costly, surgeries. But now, researchers are instead developing minuscule robots that are emerging as the next frontier in medical science. Scientists at the University of California San Diego have built nanobots that are able to swim in the blood and fight superbugs like MRSA that attack both red blood cells and platelets.
7.23.18 The Engineer
"New laser material combines high power with thermal tolerance"
Materials capable of producing laser light need to have a variety of properties, related both to how their electrons behave and how they cope with the stresses of large amounts of energy passing through them. Researchers at the University of California San Diego have devised a method of combining alumina crystals with neodymium ions to produce a material that can deliver very short, high power pulses and is also tuneable across a range of light wavelengths and can resist thermal shock.
"Asking The Experts What They See In 2001: A Space Odyssey (On 4K)"
On October 30, the great 2001: A Space Odyssey will make its way to ultra-high definition 4K disc, based on the recent restoration by Christopher Nolan. But instead of just focusing on the details of the disc, the Comic-Con panel promoting the release featured stars Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood (both still going strong 50 years on) along with a long table full of writers and science experts, delving into what they see, and always have seen, in the film itself.
"How Fruit Flies Stay Young at Heart"
The heart is an astounding workhorse of an organ. With every passing minute, it churns out over a gallon of blood that fuels the rest of the body with oxygen and nutrients. After years hard at work, however, the heart ultimately loses its resilience, steadily increasing the risk of heart failure. Scientists from UC San Diego report that fruit flies engineered to maintain high levels of a heart-remodeling protein enjoy a much longer lifespan. Their findings are the first to tie structural modifications in muscle tissue to metabolic consequences that ultimately affect longevity.
7.16.18 San Diego Business Journal
"Compostable Cutlery Aims to Serve Diners and the Environment"
It wasn't until March of this year, after introducing his creation at the Natural Products Expo West, a natural, organic and healthy goods event in Anaheim, that Zhicong 'Zack' Kong, a UC San Diego bioengineering alumnus and CEO and founder of TwentyFifty Fork, a compostable cutlery company, decided to speed up plans to begin mass manufacturing his natural grain-based fork.
7.12.18 Genome Web
"Researchers Develop 'Nanotweezer' Microchip for Real-Time SNP Detection"
A group led by University of California San Diego researchers has developed an electronic DNA biosensor tool that it plans to apply for highly sensitive point-of-care SNP detection and infectious disease diagnostics. Integrating DNA nanotweezer-based nucleic acid-sensing probes and a graphene field effect transistor (FET) chip, the real-time platform can be used to identify SNPs of interest, send data to personal electronic devices, and even potentially be integrated into implantable biosensors.
7.12.18 Scientific American
"Smart Mouth Guard Senses Muscle Fatigue"
During intense exercise, your body breaks down glucose and produces lactate. That substance can build up faster than it can be further processed. For athletes, excessive lactate means muscle fatigue and diminished performance. So athletes would like to know their actual lactate levels during training and competition. Blood tests are one way to measure lactate levels, but are not practical in the middle of a game or race. Researchers at University of California San Diego and Palo Alto Research Center have found a way to measure lactate in saliva to monitor muscle endurance.